The University of Agder has more than 1200 employees and 12000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

Professor/Associate Professor in Marine Ecology

The University of Agder invites applications for a permanent 100 % position as Professor/Associate Professor in marine ecology at the Department of Natural Sciences. The position is currently located at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is negotiable between the applicant and the Faculty.

The Department of Natural Sciences presently has about 43 employees teaching and doing research in biology, bioengineering and natural sciences in teacher education programs.


The position is part of the department’s strategy for developing a new research group in marine ecology. The research will be conducted largely in cooperation with the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) at the University of Oslo and NIVA (the Norwegian Institute for Water research).

Description of the position

The Professor is expected to take part in teaching and supervision of students and to further develop the marine part of the newly established master’s and Ph.D.-program in coastal ecology.

Regarding research, the position of the groupwork and individual work, will center around understanding spatial and temporal variability of marine populations, with emphasis on coastal ecology and/or evolutionary questions. The candidate thus must prove the ability to deal with quantitative marine ecology, and show strong statistical skills. We also expect candidates who are productive in their ability to publish in international peer reviewed journals. 

Qualifications and terms

It is expected that the Professor have a successful record in providing external funding, and will work with colleagues and contribute to a further development of the marine research group at UiA.

The position place great demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work. Applicants will be assessed based on academic background and results, attainment, and previous research and development work. Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasized.

Applicants must be able to document relevant teaching competence based on education and/or practical experience. If the Professor lack basic teaching competence, it will be required that she/he obtains such qualifications, or complete UiA’s Foundation Course in Education for University Lecturers, within a period of two years.

A high level of proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

The language of instruction is Norwegian/Scandinavian.

Applicants who do not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language are expected to acquire the necessary proficiency to lecture in Norwegian.

The University of Agder offers Norwegian language courses to international employees with little or no knowledge of Norwegian and facilitates participation in such courses. Permanently employed staff is expected to acquire good command of oral and written Norwegian within a period of two years. This is to be documented by passing the Bergen test with a score of minimum 450 points.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews and a demonstration of their teaching qualifications, usually in the form of a trial lecture. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.

Information about the appointment criteria for a position as Professor/Associate Professor can be found in the “Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts”.

We offer:

  • A variety of responsibilities in a large, exciting and influential organization
  • A position with opportunities for personal development in a diverse environment
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • Flexible working hours

The University of Agder is an open, friendly and professional employer, with a Scandinavian view on life/work balance, and with a clear vision to do research to enlighten human understanding.

The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1013 Professor, gross salary per year NOK 611 700-910 900 or code 1011 Associate Professor, gross salary per year NOK 490 900-650 200. Higher salary may be offered to applicants with superior qualifications. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society, and the personell policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position(s), irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply for the position.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service. Organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.


Applicants must submit their application form and CV online. Please click on the link “Apply for this job”

The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:

  • CV
  • Certified diplomas and references
  • Complete list of scientific publications
  • Scientific works (no more than 10)
  • A description of research interests, background for the scientific problem that the applicant wishes to study and its relevance for the above mentioned projects.

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.

Closing date: 01.10.17

For further information please contact Professor Halvor Knutsen, tel. +47 924 09 667, e-mail or Head of Department Professor Dag Olav Andersen, tel. +47 38 14 10 64, e-mail or Personell Adviser Anne Bergit Jørgensen tel. +47 918 73 555/38 14 11 40, e-mail

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act §25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of the applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.

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    Sunday, October 1, 2017
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    University of Agder
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